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Building an Amazon S3 Dashboard with User Authentication and React Components – Part 3

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In the previous sections of our blog series Building an Amazon S3 Dashboard with ReactJS – Part 1 and Building an Amazon S3 Dashboard with User Authentication and React Components – Part 2, we focused on setting up user authentication using Amazon Cognito and integrating it with our React application. We also established the groundwork for our Amazon S3-powered dashboard, enabling users to log in, sign up, and manage their accounts securely. Now, we delve into the final part of our series, where we implement crucial functionalities, such as uploading, downloading, and sharing Amazon S3 objects and display the Amazon S3 contents in a user-friendly table format.

Steps to Implement Amazon S3 Dashboard with Upload, Download, and Share Functionalities

In this section, we will delve into the implementation details of the Amazon S3 dashboard, allowing users to interact with their stored data seamlessly. Leveraging the power of Amazon S3 and the AWS SDK, we can enable users to perform crucial operations like uploading, downloading, and sharing Amazon S3 objects while visualizing the contents in an organized table format.

  1. Uploading Files to Amazon S3

Our implementation allows users to upload files and folders directly from the dashboard to their designated Amazon S3 bucket. By leveraging the AWS SDK, we can ensure secure and efficient file upload processes while providing a seamless user experience.

The handleFileUpload function is responsible for uploading files to an Amazon S3 bucket. It first checks if any files are selected and then prepares an array of upload promises, each representing the upload of a single file. It sets the necessary parameters for each file, including the bucket name, file key, file body, and selected storage class. The AWS SDK’s s3.upload method initiates the upload process for each file. Upon successful upload, it triggers an alert, and if there is an error, it logs the error and triggers an alert indicating the failure of the upload. Finally, it updates the Amazon S3 bucket contents by calling the fetchBucketContents function.

2. Downloading Files from Amazon S3

Users can download files from their Amazon S3 bucket using our dashboard. By generating pre-signed URLs through the AWS SDK, we ensure a secure and straightforward download process for our users.

Handle File Download

This code performs the following actions:

  • It prepares the necessary parameters, including the Amazon S3 bucket name and the key of the file to be downloaded.
  • It uses the headObject method to fetch the file’s metadata, such as its size.
  • If an error occurs during the metadata retrieval, it logs an error message and displays an alert to inform the user.
  • Upon successful metadata retrieval, it generates a pre-signed URL for the file using the getSignedUrl method with the getObject action.
  • If there’s an error in generating the pre-signed URL, it logs an error message and displays an alert.
  • If the pre-signed URL is successfully generated, it opens the URL in a new tab or window, triggering the file download process for the specified file.

3. Sharing Amazon S3 Objects via Pre-signed URLs

To facilitate easy sharing of Amazon S3 objects, we generate pre-signed URLs that provide temporary access to specific objects. This feature enhances the collaborative nature of the application, allowing users to share their files securely with others.

4. Visualizing Amazon S3 Contents in a Table Format

Our dashboard displays the contents of the user’s Amazon S3 bucket in a well-organized table format. Users can easily view their files, check the last modification date, file size, and perform actions like downloading and sharing directly from the table.


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Advantages of Our Amazon S3 Dashboard Implementation

  • Seamless User Experience: Our Amazon S3 dashboard ensures a seamless user experience, enabling users to effortlessly upload, download, and share their files within a secure environment.
  • Enhanced Collaboration: By providing pre-signed URLs for sharing Amazon S3 objects, our application promotes collaboration among users, facilitating easy and secure file sharing.
  • Secure File Management: Leveraging the robust security features of Amazon S3, our dashboard prioritizes data security, ensuring that user files are stored and accessed securely at all times.


In this series, we embarked on a comprehensive journey to build an Amazon S3-powered dashboard integrated with user authentication using Amazon Cognito.

By leveraging the power of React components and the AWS SDK, we successfully created a secure and user-friendly application for managing and interacting with Amazon S3 storage. Through the implementation of various functionalities, such as user authentication, file upload, download, and sharing, we have laid the groundwork for a robust and efficient cloud-based storage solution.

We hope this series has provided valuable insights into implementing secure and feature-rich web applications using Amazon Web Services and React.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding Amazon S3 and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. How secure is the file-sharing feature in the Amazon S3 dashboard?

ANS: – The file-sharing feature in the Amazon S3 dashboard is implemented using pre-signed URLs, which provide time-limited access to specific Amazon S3 objects. This ensures a secure sharing mechanism as the access is temporary and controlled, reducing the risk of unauthorized access to shared files.

2. Can I further customize the Amazon S3 dashboard to suit my specific requirements?

ANS: – Certainly, you can customize the Amazon S3 dashboard to meet your specific needs. The provided code serves as a foundation, and you can extend it by incorporating additional features, UI/UX enhancements, or integrating other AWS services as necessary. Ensure that best practices and security guidelines are followed during the customization process.

3. Can I customize the table format for displaying Amazon S3 contents in the dashboard?

ANS: – Yes, you can customize the table format to suit your specific requirements. The provided code is a basic example of how to display Amazon S3 contents in a table. You can modify the HTML and CSS to change the table’s appearance, add more columns, or display additional information based on your needs.

WRITTEN BY Samarth Kulkarni



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